New Trash Pilot Program Starting March 1st

Some South End neighborhoods will test a new program aimed at decreasing the amount of time trash spends on the curb waiting for pickup.

Due to efforts by neighborhood associations, the South End Public Works Forum and the city of Boston to improve cleanliness on South End streets, a new pilot program will begin this week to test one way to reduce unwanted trash. 

Under the new program, residents who live in the area between Tremont Street, East/West Newton Street, Harrison Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue will have from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to put their trash on the curb before morning pickup. The pilot program starts March 1st. 

Currently, residents can put trash out at 5 p.m., but with trash sitting on the street for longer, there is more opportunity for scanvengers and litter, according to the city. Under the new pilot program there is a $25 file for being cited by the city's Code Enforcement Police (CEP). 

"We’ve had a long term involvement with a number of the South End neighborhood groups, and one of the major issues that has been frequently discussed is about street cleanliness," said Matthew Mayrl, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works. "This was brought to us as a concept, but  we took some time to think it through and talk through how we might do it  to see if we can make a dent in street cleanliness through reduced place out times."

Mayrl said he recognizes it may not be feasible for everyone, but that's the point of the pilot - to see if it will work.

"Our goal here is to try to keep the streets as clean as possible, and this is something proposed to use by the neighborhood," he said. "We know we like to see clearer streets in the South End, and we're trying a bunch of different things and this is one of them."

Are you excited about this new effort to keep South End streets cleaner, or are you worried that eight hours isn't enough time to get your trash on the curb before pickup? Tell us in the comments. 

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michael9246 March 05, 2013 at 11:46 AM
recycling was just collected at 6:35 AM for the second week of this new program. this will be the second time that I have been unable to abide by the new rules due to "the other side" not complying. next week, I am putting it all out at 10pm when I go to bed. has anyone come up with a plan on what to do with the trash and recycling that gets missed to the city's inability to follow their own rules?
South End Resident April 01, 2013 at 08:32 PM
There is no way this "pilot program" is going to be a success. Like most people, I am not willing to lose sleep over TRASH. Maybe putting it out after 8 or even 9 pm is realistic, but 11pm is just not gonna happen.
G B April 04, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Mike.. If you don't need the authentication check to prove that the person in fact lives in south end then google forms will allow you to set up a survey you can get the answers to. See http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=87809 With all the money you're collecting for parking violations and trash fees surely you can pay someone to write a small addition to the cityofboston website that allows authorized surveys to be done. You authorize someone on that same site before you send out visitor parking permits so that code's already written. Luckily after 20 years I'm moving out of south end so thankfully I will avoid these draconian measures.. Mr. "I go to every community meetings".. In the 20 years I've lived here I've got flyers from you guys telling me all kinds of things like 1) you just took away a new block of parking spaces or 2) towing's about to begin. etc I never once got a flyer encouraging community participation, telling anyone when or where the meetings are, or even pointing me to an official website where I could find such information. I'd wager these meetings are not held at the same times you propose for us to drop the trash out or the time of 5am street cleaning. Perhaps you should consider a pilot for having the meetings at those times to encourage more attendance.
mike April 04, 2013 at 06:05 PM
http://www.wsana.net/ WSANA is also on facebook. they meet on the 4th thursday of the month at 7pm in the newton pavilion of BMC, second floor, rooms C and D. please join us.
G B April 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM
How is this pilot going.. I hate it so far.. Also it affects people who are moving like myself. I have to hire movers during normal business hours. How can get movers to throw out the furniture I intend to trash with these crazy hours.


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